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What cheer?

author of text
Richard Hill's Commonplace Book, 16th century

Sir William Walton began his musical life as a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. His first published composition, A litany, was a short anthem written at the age of 16, and from time to time he returned to church music, though the bulk of his output is orchestral. His handful of church pieces are all of high quality. What cheer?, a carol written in 1960, represents the exuberant, rhythmic side of his musical personality.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1988


A Christmas Present from Polyphony
NOEL2Super-budget price sampler — Download only
Faire is the Heaven
COLCD107Download only
O magnum misterium
CDA66925Archive Service
Voces 8 Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD291Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Walton: Coronation Te Deum & other choral works


Track 19 on CDA67330 [1'06]
Track 17 on NOEL2 [1'06] Super-budget price sampler — Download only
Track 27 on CDA66925 [1'04] Archive Service
Track 19 on COLCD107 [1'18] Download only
Track 18 on SIGCD291 [1'31] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDH55216 track 27

Recording date
7 August 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Lucas
Recording engineer
Ken Blair
Hyperion usage
  1. O magnum misterium (CDA66925)
    Disc 1 Track 27
    Release date: October 1996
    Deletion date: December 2004
    Archive Service
  2. O magnum misterium (CDH55216)
    Disc 1 Track 27
    Release date: October 2005
    Deletion date: July 2013
    Superseded by CDA66925
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